Carpet design

How to make your home pet proof with safety and design in mind

Leather sofas and shutters are a great start when you have pets.

Is your home suitable for a four-legged resident? Here are some tips and tricks to make sure.

Anyone who has owned a dog knows that a house can quickly turn into a disaster area around one.

Our four-legged friends often come home muddy, sandy, wet, or covered in foliage, not to mention the other types of messes they can create.

A dog in front of Bedford Shutters.

Having a dog also means that the space must be safe and therefore the interior design experts at Shuttercraft shared their top tips on how to make a home pet-proof without compromising on safety and design.

Upholstery and furniture

Whether your furry friends spend a lot of time in human seats or just roam around the house, certain fabrics are definitely ones to avoid. Velvet is a magnet for fur, for example. It is best to invest in high quality synthetic upholstery or smooth leather that will stand the test of claws.

Puppies love to chew on wicker and wood, so opt for metal accessories.

The Lorrie three-seater leather sofa £2,059, Furniture Village.

Window treatments

Pets tend to enter places humans would never enter – so make sure blinds are cordless or cords are secured to avoid tangles or nasty accidents.

While not a completely pet-proof window treatment, plantation shutters don’t have cords, minimizing the risk.

Set of two Stella dining chairs with metal legs, £240, Next.

Hard ground

Hard floors always trump carpets, not only for training time, but also for rainy days and muddy walks. Natural wood scratches easily and stains very quickly. Laminate floors or stone or ceramic tiles are best for pet houses, but if you must have natural wood, opt for harder materials like oak.

Durable, washable paint is a good idea when pets come home wet and muddy.

Pet Friendly Paint

Most paint brands offer ranges of durable washable paints that are particularly suitable for high traffic areas like the entrance to the house. This way you won’t have to worry about cleaning up the dogs before they come through the door.

Having a play area can save a lot of cleaning and chaos around the house.

Separations if necessary

Even though we love our pets, there are places we don’t want them to go.

Many dog ​​owners get creative with their home design and create a special treat or play area. Train your pet with treats to encourage them to visit the special area at a designated time, such as a bedtime routine.

Trendy metal hairpin legs on furniture look great and can’t be chewed on (unless you have a lab and all bets are off).

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